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Captive-ating

I went to the zoo with the photo club on the weekend and saw a few animals but had the challenge of shooting through one or two layers of chain link fence. or through smudged plexiglass. Some of the raptors here have been injured and are here for rehabilitation or cannot go back to the wild, or at least that is what I was told some years ago.But I came away with the feeling that I am not fond of zoos unless they have lots of  land for the animals to roam freely and have companionship with others of their own species.

This is a Ferruginous Hawk that I got a photo of, shot through a chicken wire fence. It has  dignity written all over its face and it is closer than I could ever  get  in the wild. The fact that so many species are endangered is a call to better care for our planet and all its inhabitants.

1/15 sec at f/5.6 ISO 400 300mm

©Jane Chesebrough

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5 responses

  1. Gosh, I saw this on my iphone earlier -but on the big screen it is just incredible. Your skill as a photographer Jane is unreal. I have to agree that it’s so sad when animals don’t have the sufficient space to roam as they were intended. Also that the increased level of endangered species is a red flag for all of us.

    You really go this shot of the hawk through a chicken fence? You must have one amazing camera – and eye!! xxoo

    August 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    • It is about standing further back, using manual focus so you zero in on the animal or bird and the fence disappears.But if the animal is close to the fence it doesn’t work so well.you will see that in today’s post.
      I worry for our environment especially after Romney’s speech-we just had another “little oil spill”in the province. and hear”don’t worry-everything is under control”. Already so many rivers and lands are polluted by chemicals and poorer people especially first nations people are suffering the brunt of the greed of the big companies.It really concerns me what we are doing to this planet when we build developments in the middle of migration routes or right next to “protected” areas..

      August 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      • Thanks Jane – for the photo education – I’m not into much technical these days – but I hope one day I am able to get a big fancy camera and really learn all the ins and outs!!! Also agree with you on this issue of the environmental threats we face and our political leader having very little concern. Echhh! Very scary — wish we could do more… xxooo

        August 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm

  2. Fantastic shot Jane! And kudos on your environment comments!!!

    September 2, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    • Glad you appreciate the comments.

      September 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

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